A fitting end to a great weekend

matt_new-mug5Our Memorial Day weekend plans were packed with activities. We took Friday off so that my wife and two girls and I could beat traffic heading north out of the Twin Cities and so we could spend some additional time together. My sister-in-law’s family had invited us to their cabin on a chain of lakes for the long weekend, and after our head start, they joined us on Friday night. Normally on these long weekends, I like to relax and avoid running from one activity to the next, but this time I got caught up in the flow.

We went for a walk. Played on the beach. Watched as our 5-year-old persuaded our 2.5-year-old to ease into the frigid waters. Watched in awe as a bald eagle soared to and from and high above its nest. Took plenty of golf cart rides. Fished off the dock. Went for a boat ride. Took our nephews skiing and wakeboarding. Fished from the boat. Went shopping in town. Raced go-carts. Went out for pizza. Played on the swing set. And the list goes on and on.

Frankly, it’s enough to make me tired just reminiscing. It’s probably enough to make you want to stop reading. But, back at home, as I lay with my youngest daughter as Memorial Day came to an end, I asked the question (although slightly modified) that I ask my kids every night I put them to bed: What was your favorite part of the weekend?

My expectation for the answer was the golf cart rides. Or the candy store. Or the numerous games we played. But to the best that she could muster while lying down, she wiggled a little dance and sang a one-line song: “Goin’ for a boat ride.” And just like that, the world has another boater.

I’m leaving early today to get my boat ready for tomorrow. Have a great weekend.

One comment

  1. Matt,

    Hope your end to a great weekend was not tarnished by the news of Genmar’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. This latest filing is, I believe, the harbinger in the recreational marine industry of a period of crisis management by means of Ch.11 Reorganization and Protection from Creditors. You would do your readers and the industry a service by running a series on the nature of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, and in particular the “Debtor in Possession” variety, which is actually a tool that enables businesses beleagured by panicked or otherwise unreasonable lenders and creditors to fight back and potentially survive.

    My conclusion from the expressions of horror concerning the Ch. 11 bankruptcies announced in recent weeks and months nationwide in all industries, is that in general there is very little understanding of the process. My contacts, even among fellow travelers in the recreational marine industry, also lead me to conclude that even many businessmen lack a perspicuous understanding of the mechanics of Ch. 11 bankruptcy. Why not assemble a panel of businessmen, lawyers, and journalists to explain and discuss the process. Everyone in our industry could benefit, as it might bring some needed calm to the ambient environment.

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